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Dover Sole topped with Cucumber Dill Beurre blanc recipe

Dover Sole topped with Cucumber Dill Beurre blanc recipeThis Dover Sole topped with Cucumber Dill Beurre blanc recipe post is part of our partnership with Villa Maria Wines. 

Dover Sole topped with Cucumber Dill Beurre blanc recipe

Last weekend we had a last minute opportunity to head out of town to visit with old friends that we hadn't seen in a while. We were meeting at a home on the lake for the weekend where the kids would play together and the adults would hang out with food and wine. We were in charge of picking the wine and cooking dinner. 

We decided on Dover Sole because the local market had it in stock and it is a nice, mild white fish. We paired the fish with Villa Maria’s Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc which is crisp and fruity. We used the same wine in a butter sauce to finish the dish. I like approaching cooking in this way.

Pairing wine and food

For years, we share our best advice on pairing wine and food. Don't overthink it. There is a tendency to feel like we have to follow the “rules” when it comes to wine when really you should follow your palate. What types of wine do you enjoy? Decide on a protein and allow that to guide your wine choice. Pick your wine and use that wine in a sauce complimenting the protein. Approaching a meal in this way ties everything together and enhances the flavors.

So with that decided, we went to lake and had a fantastic time. We caught up with old friends. We went boating. Fishing. Tubing. The kids all played in the water and the adults caught up on life. In short, we had a day that made for some very nice memories. And as evening approached, the adults enjoyed a glass of wine.

There is something about sharing a glass of wine with your friends as you watch the sun set over the lake. Talk about the perfect ending to an afternoon. And as the sun set, we prepared the Dover Sole. It was delicious. I actually heard one of the kids whisper “this is the best fish I’ve ever had”. The Villa Maria Sauvignon Blanc paired wonderfully, and made a fantastic sauce to boot. It was a perfect ending to what had been a perfect day.

Dover Sole topped with Cucumber Dill Beurre blanc recipeVilla Maria Wines of New Zealand

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Dover Sole topped with Cucumber Dill Beurre blanc recipeDover Sole topped with Cucumber Dill Beurre blanc recipe

Ingredients for the fish

  • Dover sole filets
  • salt
  • flour
  • olive oil

Directions for the fish

  1. Heat a few tablespoons of olive oil in a nonstick pan.
  2. Season the fish with salt.
  3. When the oil is hot, lightly dredge the fish in the flour, and then place in the pan.  Dover Sole is thin, so it will only take a minute to cook on each side.
  4. When the fish is cooked, remove from pan and set aside.

Ingredients for the sauce

  • 1/4 cup plus 1 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1/2 shallot, fine dice
  • 1/2 cup Villa Maria Sauvignon Blanc
  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • 1 Tbsp fresh dill, chopped
  • 1 Roma tomato, seeded and thinly sliced
  • 1/4 medium cucumber, seeded and thinly sliced
  • salt and pepper

Directions for the sauce

  1. Heat 1 tbsp of butter in a small pan.  When melted, add the shallots and cook over a medium low flame until soft.
  2. Add the Villa Maria wine and lemon juice.  Increase the heat to medium high and reduce by 2/3 volume.
  3. Remove the sauce from the flame and whisk in the butter, stirring constantly.  Once the butter is incorporated, mix in the tomatoes, cucumber, and dill.  Taste and adjust with salt and pepper.
  4. Pour the sauce over the Dover Sole and serve immediately.

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  1. that looks like a very tasty dish that I would love to try very soon (maybe even this evening for dinner!) you must have been reading my mind, I’ve been having a craving for fish today ; )

  2. This was a great meal. Everyone really enjoyed it, and best of all, IT IS QUICK! Start to finish is under 30 minutes, and the result is fantastic.

  3. ellen beck

    This looks terrific. Hubby isnt much of a fish eater but I love it. I havent cooked much with wines, so might omit it but I wouldnt think that would be so bad. I love the idea of dill on the fish.

  4. This looks incredible! I am willing to bet this would be a great date night meal. I may have to make this for our anniversary!

  5. This looks so good! I love that you included a wine pairing too! I love GOOD food and GREAT wine! I have not tried this brand before but will be looking for it. Also, I really have not tried making Sole. I will give it a go with your recipe. We do love fish, but usually we have tuna steak and salmon.

  6. Wow, this fish recipe looks so delicious. I want to make more fish recipes and this one will be added to the menu.

  7. Oh man this food looks amazing! I have never had dover sole before but now I think I need some right now, LOL!!

  8. This looks so yummy. I am always on the lookout for more fish recipes. I love that this one looks easy.

  9. G K

    This looks great! I love fish with a creamy sauce.

  10. Oh my, this looks amazing. And that’s saying a lot since I’m not a fish person. I would eat the heck out of this though, great job!!

  11. Jillian Spellman

    This dish looks increable1 I would love to have something like this for dinner.

  12. Holy. Moly. Send your husband to my house for a few days! That looks absolutely amazing.

  13. What a meal fit for a gourmet and paired with wine I am getting hungry and have an urge for a nice sauvignon blanc. This meal would be great for having guests over or a party. I would make the sole for our family also.

  14. That looks like a delicious fish dish. I haven’t ever tried any NZ wines. I like Australian wines, though, so I would probably love this one.

  15. Yum yum. This needs to get in my life, right now. It looks amazing and I love how simple it looks to make. I love fish and I am always looking for new fish recipes to try.

  16. That looks delicious! I had no idea beurre blanc sauce was that easy to make!

  17. Pam Wattenbarger

    That looks like a delicious dinner! I have been trying to incorporate more fish into our diet so I will try your recipe. I bet it will tempt the entire family.

  18. Oh my gosh, that sounded like such an awesome time! I need to pair dishes with wine more often. This looked delicious!

  19. Oh my gosh YUM, that dish looks delicious, and it’s fish, my favorite! I love trying new wines and having them paired with different types of meals, really completes it.

  20. I can almost taste it now! It looks like such a gourmet meal and I love how well it pairs with the wine!

  21. Wow that diah looks so appetizing. Thank you so much for sharing your delicious recipe for the fish and the sauce.  Good food plus bonding time is really a perfect moment!

  22. What a wonderful pairing! I seldom drink, but I do love to have a glass or two of wine every once in a blue moon.

  23. I have been getting my fish ‘drunk’ for ages now, beurre blanc is definitely one of my favorite sauces for white fish, I like to get adventurous with wine in my kitchen! No drop goes to waste! 🙂

  24. This would be a nice dinner idea especially for a dinner date with the husband! I love that it’s not that difficult to make! It looks so GOOD!

  25. I love seafood, but I don’t think I’ve ever tried this kind of fish before. I will have to put this recipe on the menu. Looks really good!

  26. What a gorgeous dinner! I will definitely try this! Thanks for sharing!

  27. Wow not only does this look pretty tasty but it’s also pretty! The flavors sound like they would be amazing and put all together would make a great meal!

  28. What a recipe! I love that cucumber dill sauce. That’s such a great combination.

  29. This looks like a recipe I need to try!  There is nothing in here that I don’t like and everything in it that makes me drool! 

  30. That sauce sounds like it would be amazing with fish, too! I can’t wait to try it!

  31. Jeanine

    Oh my goodness, that looks so delicious! I am not much of a fish eater but my husband would love this!

  32. THis looks absolutely delicious and I love the choice of wine you used! I’ve never tried this brand, so need to pick a bottle up on our next moms night out! 

  33. Claudia Krusch

    This looks like a great recipe to try. I love Villa Maria Wines. I need to stock up on a few bottles for the end of summer.

  34. Lisa Bristol

    Villa Maria Wines are so good. I will have to get the ingredients I need to make this recipe on the weekend. It looks so delicious and easy to make.

  35. TColeman

    This looks like it tastes amazing. I am going to have to give this a go for sure!

  36. That looked like such a nice wine option. Plus, the meal was magnificent.

  37. I could go for some of this right now. Looks absolutely delish!

  38. I am loving the sound of that wine. Count me in for this pairing!

  39. That Dover sole looks just brilliant! It would go perfectly with the Beurre Blanc

  40. I am with you on loving my wine as much as my food! I am working on learning how to pair wines with my recipes this year. I can’t wait to try your recipe. It’s making my mouth water.

  41. Sinisa podoreski

    Great looking recipe. I love cooking with wine 

  42. Oh wow, this looks amazing! I need to cook something like this for a date night with my husband. He’d love this recipe. 

  43. One of my favorite kind of meals, simple light and delicious.  And of course a great glass of wine. 🙂   Love taht you used it for the sauce.

  44. OK, now I want fish for supper! 🙂 This looks delicious and I do prefer white fish to other kinds. Wine and fish together would be lovely.

  45. Your Dover Sole looks so delicious. I don’t think I have tried Villa Maria wine before. I will have to pick up a bottle.

  46. I love fish and this looks and sounds delicious! I’ve never paired it with wine before though.

  47. It sounds a great combination. I haven’t tried it but love to explore the taste. Thanks for sharing

  48. Our Family World

    The fish looks really good! The sauce sure sounds divine! I will save the recipe and make this for my family. I hope I can plate it that way too. Love the presentation and the wine you paired the dish with.

  49. You had me at Bierre! Looks so easy! Adding to my list of favorite recipes!

  50. Gabriel Bregg

    We need to eat a lot more fish – we go through phases where we will do it a lot then not for a long time.

  51. I haven’t had DOVER SOLE in a very long time, however, I have quite a fond memory of it – when I ordered it VIA room service in London and…… Uhhh it wound up being $80! LOL!!! But I didn’t realize that until after I ate it!

  52. Crystal

    I have an announcement! My 8-year-old will eat fish! It totally opens up so many options for our meals. This sounds so incredible!

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